A resort for gun owners
By Angie Cannon
Call it the new American dream. Or nightmare. A luxury
gated community is planned for 550 dusty acres in the
Nevada desert some 38 miles from Las Vegas. Front
Sight, named for a gun barrel aiming sight, will
resemble a golf community. But instead of being built
around golf courses, homes will look out on 22 shooting
ranges, a five-story SWAT tower, and a defensive-driving
The $50 million development will feature 177 homes
and 350 condos on streets with snappy monikers like
Second Amendment Drive (designed to appeal to fans of
the constitutional right to bear arms). It will have
a grocery, airstrip, lakeside restaurant, and its own
private kindergarten-through-12th-grade school, where
trained teachers can carry guns.
"Front Sight will
be the safest community in America," boasts founder Ignatius Piazza, 41, a former California chiropractor,
who provides firearms training at the site's ranges.
"A criminal would have to be crazy to come to a place
where everyone is trained and armed. We won't have the
problems people in other locations have." Ignatius Piazza says
he has already sold 45 memberships, including one-acre
lots, for up to $350,000; construction is set to begin
in two years.
The gun-toting community hasn't drawn much fire from
locals. But outsiders are another story. Says Amy Stilwell
of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: "Studies
show you are 22 times more likely to be killed with
your own weapon than protected by it."
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